Story: Historic earthquakes

Wellington shoreline after the 1855 earthquake

Wellington shoreline after the 1855 earthquake

This 1860 photograph looks south along Wellington’s Lambton Quay, with the uplifted 1855 beach. The jetties have been built further out to sea so that ships could be unloaded.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4437/wellington-shoreline-after-the-1855-earthquake (accessed 18 February 2020)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017